Brian Brushwood

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Brian Brushwood
Brian Brushwood.jpg
Born (1975-01-07) January 7, 1975 (age 39)
Fountain Valley, California
Medium IPTV; MP3
Nationality American
Genres Magic (illusion)
Subject(s) Confidence tricks; Fire eating
Notable works and roles Scam School

Brian Brushwood (born January 17, 1975) is an American magician, podcaster, author and comedian. Performing on college campuses, he is known for his display of bizarre magic and fire-eating performances. He is the author of The Professional's Guide To Fire Eating and is the host of Revision3's Scam School, a web series that features ten-minute tricks. He also co-hosts's NSFWShow, a comedic podcast with Justin Robert Young.

Brushwood has performed on The Food Network, CNN and The Tonight Show, and performed at The University of Texas. Brushwood was also interviewed on episode 205 of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.[1]


Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California, and later lived in Colorado, Norway, and Texas.[2] In 1993, he started at the University of Texas in Austin doubly majoring in "Plan II honors program" and history. He performed a magic show as a "creative writing" senior thesis. He began touring with the "Bizarre Magic Show" full-time in 2000.[3][4] Brushwood also works as a writer and makes appearances on the lecture circuit. Brushwood categorizes himself as a libertarian.[5]


  • Books – magic and college entertainment:
    • Cheats, Cons, Swindles & Tricks: 57 Ways to Scam a Free Drink. Brian Brushwood. 2000. ASIN B00135VL0Y. 
    • Pack the House: The Ultimate, Ever-growing Guide to Increasing Attendance at YOUR Campus Events. Bizarre Magic, Inc. 2000. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-9713646-1-5.  (co-authored with C. J. Johnson)
    • Professional's Guide to Fire Eating. Bizarre Magic, Inc. 2002. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-9713646-0-8. OCLC 224122749. 
    • Scam School: Your Guide to Scoring Free Drinks, Doing Magic & Becoming the Life of the Party. Skyhorse Publishing. 2013. ISBN 978-1-6208785-4-5. OCLC 816030432. 
  • IPTV
    • Scam School: Brushwood explains bar tricks, street cons, and scams on Scam School at TestTube.
    • Behind the Scam: Originally called Scam School Live, Behind the Scam is a longer version of Scam School that started in April, 2011, which streams live Wednesday nights on YouTube Live. As opposed to the 10 to 15 minute, prerecorded and highly produced episodes of Scam School on Revision3, Behind the Scam airs in real-time without edits, and runs for an hour or more. Behind the Scam usually starts by premiering the new weekly Scam School episode, and delves into the life of a stage magician. Each episode features an alternating guest co-host who is also involved in the world of professional magic. Viewers are encouraged to call in via Skype with questions.
    • NSFW: Billed as 'TWiT's favorite mistake', NSFW, hosted by Brushwood and Justin Robert Young, was an evolution of the BBLiveShow for the TWiT Network. Aired Tuesdays on TWiT Live and at 7 p.m. PT and was also available in podcast form at TWiT.TV. NSFW aired its last episode on February 26, 2014.[6]
    • Cord Killers: This is a weekly video and audio podcast, hosted and produced by Brushwood and Tom Merritt discussing television, movies and internet videos.
    • Too Long Didn't Listen: Brushwood co-hosts the podcast Too Long Didn't Listen (a part of the MMO Reporter Network) with James "Elrar" Nichols (former community manager for Trion Worlds), where they discuss "Two topics in 30 minutes or your next podcast is free."
    • Weird Things Podcast: Hosts Brushwood, Justin Robert Young and Andrew Mayne discuss supernatural and strange reports in the news. News reports are often introduced by Andrew Mayne presenting scenarios where his co-hosts must respond to the events of a report as Mayne reveals an increasing amount of detail.
    • Game On!: Brushwood hosted TWiT's newly developed gaming show with Veronica Belmont. The show's last show was on April 8, 2012 and it is no longer in production.
    • BBLiveShow: Was a weekly live stream show which was succeeded by NSFW. Brushwood was joined weekly by co-host Justin Robert Young. The show's regular guests included, Brett Rounsaville, Owen JJ Stone, and his brother Jay Brushwood. Other guests included The Totally Rad Show's Jeff Cannata and Dan Trachtenberg, Film Riot's Ryan Connolly, Josh Connolly and Timmy Allen, Jay Adelson, Martin Sargent and Daniel Garcia.
  • Video
    • "Scams, Sasquatch, and the Supernatural" YouTube
    • "A Brief Documentary on Brian Brushwood" YouTube
  • MP3
    • Justin Robert Young (coauthor) (September 28, 2011). "Night Attack [Explicit]". ASIN B005QN7MZM. 
    • Justin Robert Young (coauthor) (April 20, 2013). "Night Attack 2: Enjoy the Garden [Explicit]". ASIN B00CH7W7MS. 
    • Justin Robert Young (coauthor) (October 22, 2013). "Night Attack (Live) [Explicit]". ASIN B00G9R0LNY. 


  1. ^ "The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe | The Skeptics Guide to the Universe | Page 205". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ Junior, Ed (2005). Variety Acts: Gaining Respect. Bloomington, IL: AuthorHouse. pp. 15–19. ISBN 1-4208-4598-5. 
  3. ^ Stanton, Mike. "Brian Brushwood’s bizarre magic wows audience | The Collegian". Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Vanessa Becknell: Between the Pages With Author and "Bizarre Magician" Brian Brushwood". Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ Transcript from TWiT
  6. ^ "NSFW 219 - Pretend We're Not Here". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 

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